Diesel maintenance

Submitted: Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 11:24
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Hi all.
I am lookinh at updating my 4by and chnging from petrol to diesel.
The problem, no diesel experience. I am looking for short course on diesel maintenance/repair in the Bris area. Have tried TAFE but no joy.
Normal service will be done by professionals but I think it best I have some knowedge of whats under the bonnet.
Is the best place to learn 4wd club or are their people that offer short courses?

Regards
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 12:37

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 12:37
Hi Wim, try the racq in qld they should be able to point you in the right direction. BradLife is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 12:54

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 12:54
Brad.
Thanks for the info. Checked with racq and looks like a good place to start.

RegardsThis 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 13:26

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 13:26
It does now appear that your postings are working - Enjoy.Regards
ExplorOz Team - David
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Always working, not enough travelling ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 14:06

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 14:06
David.
Thanks for all the help.
Its good to know someone up there is looking out for me.

RegardsThis 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:43

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:43
Nice photos Wim. Where are they?Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 07:11

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 07:11
Bob.
Palm Valley camping area & Thompson River.
So many spectacular places still to visit. Four weeks a year is just not enough time.

RegardsThis 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Reply By: Geebung - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 18:15

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 18:15
If you have been maintaining a petrol machine, you have the skills for the diesel version. Why ? Because the things that make diesel different are not for we mortals to play with. The vitals in a diesel motor need specialist skills (honest, trustworthy and reliable specialists but).
Get me outa these suburbs !
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:48

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:48
Wim the great thing about diesels is once they are set up correctly they will go for years with just oil,oil filter and air filter changes.To set pump timing and repair of pump its best to get an expert .
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Reply By: ptcrowe - Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 09:48

Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 09:48
Before you Jump straight into a diesel just have a look at the costs involved in repairing the vehicle if something does go wrong. It can be quite a draining experience on your wallet. You don't say in your post whether you are upgrading to a new car, where warranty should cover most probs, or if you are buying second hand. If you are going the second hand option keep hunting around until you can find a car with a full service history. This should give you a better than good chance of getting many 100K's out of a diesel without any major probs.
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Follow Up By: ross - Sunday, Sep 28, 2003 at 02:38

Sunday, Sep 28, 2003 at 02:38
ptcrowe is correct in pointing out the costs of diesel repairs if you get a lemon.A report from a knowledgeable person is a good investment.I learnt a lot about diesels the hard way but it didnt put me off because even through the haze of nightmarish repair bills I could still see the benefits.My education on diesels was completed when a trip to the local library revealed some good basic books on the subject.A search on the net will also reveal some good info.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 07:21

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 07:21
ptgrowe/ross.

Point taken. Vehicle will be new. The reason for going diesel is range. My jack setup only gives me approx 800 - 1000km. I should easily be able to double that in the right diesel.
It is not my intention to do major repairs or even tune ups but would like to learn all the small things here in town not 500k's from nowhere.

Regards and thanks for the feedback.This 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Reply By: ptcrowe - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 08:46

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 08:46
Wim
You should have no major dramas with a new diesel but I know what you mean about having some idea about whats going on under the bonnet. Not that a lot does go on under the bonnet of a deisel, Fuel and air go in, piston comes up, big bang and off you go. If you can't find a decent course and for that matter even if you can I would invest in a service manual for your car. I have the Haynes publication for my 60 series and I consider it to be a piece of my recovery equipment. Armed with this manual and a bit of mechenical knowhow I have done all sorts of repairs. I have just managed to save myself about $2000 by replacing the rings bearings valves and valve guides by myself. While I would certainly hope that this is not something you are faced with in the near futeure it is handy to have on board if you are out bush and you need to replace wheel bearings or something along those lines.
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